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Riverview Elementary life science lab lets kids get hands-on with critters

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Blythe, Tilly, Bud and Reggie are new to Riverview Elementary School this fall, but they're already pretty popular.

At least, the kids think they're pretty cool. Ask some of the adults around the school, and there might be a different opinion.


Blythe is a female leopard gecko. Tilly is a blue-tongued skink. Bud's a miniature Russian tortoise. And the new guy? Reggie? Well, he's a bull python.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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